One of my treasures from my private denim archive is this original vintage Levi’s Jeans 507XX (also known as Type 2) jacket. The jacket is from the ’50′s. It was introduced in 1953 as the follow up from the 506XX (Type 1) jacket. On the 507XX jacket was a second breast pocket added with bar tacks instead of rivets. The jacket got the famous BigE red tab. All vintage Levi’s items with a red tab (the red tab was introduced in 1936) made before 1971 have the BigE tab instead of a small e. These BigE red tabs are the valuable items to collect. This jacket was only made till 1962 when the follow up came: 557XX (Type 3) jacket. The 557XX is Levi’s most famous jacket, it has the pointed pocket flaps. The 507XX has selvage in the inside which dissapear at the 557XX jack. The buttons are showing a lot of patina. The back of the buttons are stamped with number 17.
My 507XX jacket is in totally worn-out condition, that’s how I like them the most. It shows different blue indigo shades. A perfect jacket with a lot of history! It came out in the time that the Rock & Roll era started. Check it out!
Last June the ‘Denim Boulevard’ event was held in Milan – Italy. I already posted a short teaser video of this, but now their full impression video is online. If you missed it, check it out now! Big up to the organisation!
The black version of the promo doll from Lee Jeans, the famous Buddy Lee, is very rare! You don’t see this version so often, there’s also one published in the book ‘True Fit’ from Viktor Fredback (check out his denim book, it’s really great!!). There’s also not much info about this one. It’s probably made in the late ’20′s but some say it’s from the ’40′s. Like all the first original Buddy Lee’s this one is also dressed in an overall. This Buddy Lee is for sale on Ebay for $ 1.599,- Check this Black Magic here below.
Paul Kruize makes bespoke jeans with high quality denim fabrics. You can create your own favo pair of jeans with a lot of authentic details like the one piece fly. Paul was interviewed by the Dutch national television about his passion and craftsmanship. Check it here below in the video. (Only Dutch language)
Lennaert Nijgh, founder of the Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) brand made a great video about his trip to Berlin to join the first edition of the new Selvedge Run (www.selvedgerun.com) trade show this July. The video is a kind of road movie which gives you a perfect insight into the Berlin vibe and of course the trade show. A lot of famous people from the (denim) industry are included. Well done guys! Check it out for yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the brand from Lennaert, it’s loaded with amazing indigo treasures!
A couple of years ago Lee Jeans introduced their heavy weight 23oz jeans, made in a limited run of 250 pieces only. Now they are back with another bad boy, 101 Rider 19oz. The jean is made of a fine Japanese quality with two different selvage colours. The Rider fit is a classic in the Lee range, normal rise with tapered legs. Check them out in the great webshop from Meadow. Looking forward to see a worn-out pair of this one!
In the begin of July the first edition of the new trade show Selvedge Run was a fact in Berlin. A trade show loaded with authentic brands. Brands with a storytelling product. Craftsmanship, quality and unique concepts. It was a huge success and the next edition is already planned in January 2016. Congrats guys with the successful kick-off!
Last week Red Wing launched the second edition of the Red Wing Post at the European Red Wing Shoe Stores. The second edition is filled with articles about the legendary St.James Hotel, a historic landmark in Red Wing Minnesota and old pictures of men working in the SB. Foot Tannery. Besides some real history, you will also find articles about the motorbike design company Wrenchmonkees, the coffee roasting duo Onno & Florian of Stooking Roasting Co. from Amsterdam and you get an insight into the workspace of Joost & Elza of Atelier de L’Armée. Joost & Elza are a very creative couple and the brains behind their amazing handmade brand. The pics from their atelier are shown here below. Pic up your own free copy in one the RW stores.
Spanky denim is a small scale denim brand from Indonesia. They are dedicated and focused on delivering the best quality and personalized denim pieces. Their collection of premium fabrics and hardware are sourced from Japan, USA, Italy and their home country Indonesia. They are using authentic Union Special machines for strenght and the best details.
Check out this heavy bad boy made from 21oz selvage fabric. It contains all the classic jeans features like: V-stitch top button, hidden rivets, leather patch, laurel leaf buttons, reinforced back pockets, selvage, etc. Follow Spanky Denim on Instagram: @spankyid. Keep up the good work guys!
I have a kind of weakness for denim jackets. Especially when they are patched or natural destroyed with wear, but sometimes you come across vintage items which are amazing by themselves. This is one of them. I already have a lot of Lee Jeans Riders jackets from the ’60′s and ’70′s but this one is an original 101-J from the ’50′s. Not so long ago I already scored another one from this period, but that one is totally washed out and destroyed with time by the previous owner(s). The new 101-J is in great condition, it has a perfect blue colour and the golden / red neck label is still excellent! Old Lee jackets in these mint condition are hard to find. Great to add this one in my private collection!
Last weekend we showed our latest Butts and Shoulders member, our ultimate boot. The boot is made from natural vegetable tanned leather with the legendary Goodyear Welted construction. The leather will age very nice within time, just like our ‘Virgin’ product range. The boots are made in Portugal and are made to last a lifetime. One style, one leather, one classic boot for men. Sales are starting now to retailers (if you’re are interested as retailer, send me an email to: email@example.com), first orders were already made at the fair. Keep you updated about our new Butts and Shoulders member. Check below some sneak pics from our booth and the boots.
While the summer finally kicks in and the trade shows are on full force right now the Amsterdam based denim brand Kings of Indigo (K.O.I.) launched their new Spring Summer 2016 collection at several fairs. Their new collection has some great international influences from Japan and the U.S. You can also see that in their logo where the American cowboy is riding a Japanse koi carper. The SS16 collection has inspirations from authentic workwear, marine stripes, Japanese sashiko stitching, and seventies patch-up customized items. The link in the whole collection is of course the indigo blue colour. As I said before, the 2015 summer kicks in, but prepare yourself for the summer of 2016! Well done guys!
Great denim academy production video from Orta Anadolu. Orta is founded in 1953, andtransformed from a spinning and weaving company to a denim manufacturer in 1985. Today, Orta produces over 60 million meters of denim in it’s Turkey and Bahrain factories. The video shows all the different production stages to make denim. Enjoy!
Cheese Denim Works is a great denim brand with high standard jeans. The material of this particular jeans is sourced from a small mill in Okayama, Japan. The denim is raw unsanforized, heavy weight: 17oz selvage. The fit is slim straight. The jean has a laurel leaf button as top button and the back pockets have a hidden rivet. All in all a super nice authentic pair of jeans. Check the jean here below.
Denham the jeanmaker is coming with something very innovative as it comes to make your pair of worn jeans fresh again. For Fall Winter ’15 they will launch their Soap Nuts range. The Soap Nuts contains a natural substance called saponin, which when dissolved in water, creates mild suds that is very similar to soap. This soapy substance has remarkable detergent properties, easily replacing normal detergents. It works effectively by removing dirt and dissolving oils from your denims. The Soap Nuts has no chemicals, no perfume and only pure natural enzymes. You have to wait a little while until these crazy nuts will hit the stores!
In May Clutch magazine organised their CC – Clutch Collection - show in Yokohama – Japan. The CC show is initiated by Atsushi Matsushima, eitor-in-chief of Clutch Magazine, one of Japan’s leading men’s vintage style publications. In addition Clutch has asked partner magazine, Men’s File, to advise on the needs and wants of the European and American visitors as the aim is to make the three days as profitable as possible for all parties.
The event is a great set-up where it’s all about authentic craftsmanship and authentic products. In their own words: ”The Clutch Collection Show is a new concept in Japanese trade shows as it offers foreign buyers and exhibitors access to the huge Japanese market on its home territory. That means new markets to sell your product to if you are a manufacturer and new brands to buy from if you are a retailer. The “CC” Show should make your first direct business with Japan successful and stress free”.
Tomorrow we are showing our new Rough collection and the latest member of our Butts and Shoulders family at the Dutch fashion fair Modefabriek in Amsterdam. Our new member is a handmade Goodyear Welted boot made from natural vegetable tanned leather. Below a first sneak pic of the boot. The leather will age very beautiful over time. You can see it on the second picture. More about the boot later, see you in Amsterdam!
Came across this vintage pair of Levi’s Jeans. The pair itself is not so special but what makes this jeans so great is the blue BigE tab. But the best detail from this pair is the super nice label with the gold miner image on the back pocket. Check it here below.